Maggie Slepian, Skiing

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Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:10am Maggie Slepian

It's way harder than it looks.

I had extremely high expectations for skate skiing. I don’t know why, considering my history of underwhelming athletic performances.

For the past two winters, I’ve shuffled around on snowshoes and classic cross-country skis. While it was nice to be outside, I’d be lying if I said the men and women cruising by on their flashy skate skis didn’t make me wish I was moving a little bit faster.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:15am Maggie Slepian

Even as a longtime winter-hater, after three years of watching Bozemanites cry tears of joy into their SmartWool at the first sign of snowflakes, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to give winter activities a chance—as long as they were affordable and with minimal risk of debilitating injury. That took downhill skiing and ice climbing out of the running, so it was either ice skating, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. Random choice gave Nordic skiing the honor of getting me out of the gym and into the icy winter air.

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